Fuse Preps U.S. Version of Fast-Paced British Celebrity Gameshow ‘Blink’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Fuse has ordered “Trivial Takedown,” a U.S. version of British pop culture gameshow “Blink” that the cable net promises will be “the fastest quiz on TV.”

The show pits two celebrity contestants against each other in a head-to-head competition to identify music and pop culture icons. The format comes from British producer and distributor Zig Zag, which did the Fuse deal and is making the U.S. version. Production is underway in L.A.

In Britain, two seasons of “Blink” have aired on free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4. Celebrities and social media influencers confirmed for Season 1 of “Trivial Takedown” include Flula Borg and Mamrie Hart, both of whom have deals with Lionsgate, Frankie Grande, GloZelle, Omarion, Brittany Furlan, Gina Brillon, and Chico Bean.

The U.S. show was ordered before Fuse inked a deal with Complex Networks that will include distributing Fuse-branded content on Complex Networks, but it will be part of that programming.  TV airtime for “Trivial Takedown” is to be confirmed, but the expectation is late primetime, or late night.

On linear TV, “Trivial Takedown” will comprise 20 half-hour installments, while Complex Networks will air short-form versions and segments on its digital platforms. Fuse is also working on interactive extensions to the linear show, including a second screen game, with results displayed on an on-screen leaderboard.

The original British version of the show had a retro video-game vibe and was shot against a green screen, while the U.S. format has a dedicated set, which Fuse says help give it a millennial and social media flavor. “We’ll keep some of the look of the U.K. show and the video-game vibe, but created a set for ours; influencers are creating content out of their bedrooms on [their] phones and we wanted to capture that feel,” J-T Ladt, chief content officer for Fuse Media, told Variety.

Ladt, who joined Fuse from Red Bull TV earlier this year, says “Trivial Takedown” is indicative of his vision for attracting millennials to the cable channel. “The tone, pacing, and aesthetics of this show are right for that audience,” he said.

Fuse merged with English-language Latino-oriented channel NuvoTV in 2015. Zig Zag is the London-based indie producer behind Fox reality show “I Wanna Marry Harry.”

More TV

  • Super Bowl LII - Tom Brady,

    Verizon Plans Multiple Ad Plays Leading to Super Bowl Commercial

    If Verizon gets its way, its Super Bowl advertising plans will include a 60-second commercial during the game – and a half-hour documentary that gives viewers even more of what will be discussed in the ad. The telecommunications giant is often scrutinized for the communications resources it provides its customers, but its Super Bowl campaign [...]

  • Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce

    Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

    Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream from the AT&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25. “The images and stories recognized by the [...]

  • Naomi Watts

    Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series 'Wolves and Villagers' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Naomi Watts has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming Quibi series “Wolves and Villagers,” Variety has learned exclusively. The exact plot of the short-form series is being kept under wraps, but Quibi co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has previously described the show as “Fatal Attraction 2.0.” Jason Blum is executive producing the series, with [...]

  • HBO's 'Breslin And Hamill' Documentary Drops

    HBO's 'Breslin And Hamill' Documentary Drops Trailer

    “Revolutionary,” “superstars,” “the voice of true New Yorkers” — that’s how Spike Lee and other influential figures describe journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill in the trailer released for HBO’s “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists” documentary. The film, which premieres Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, follows the two newspaper columnists whose dedication and wit [...]

  • Riverdale Chapter Twenty-Six

    TV News Roundup: 'Riverdale' Sets 'Heathers' Musical Episode

    In Thursday’s roundup, “Riverdale” is set to tackle “Heathers: The Musical,” and Freeform has announced its second annual summit. DATES  The musical episode of the CW’s “Riverdale,” featuring nine songs, will air Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. On the show, Riverdale High School takes on “Heathers: The Musical,” with queen bees Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content